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School ethnic diversity and White students’ civic attitudes in England

Janmaat, Germ (2015) School ethnic diversity and White students’ civic attitudes in England. Social Science Research, 49. pp. 97-109. ISSN 0049-089X. DOI UNSPECIFIED (In Press)

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Abstract

The current paper focuses on White British students in lower secondary education and investigates the effect of school ethnic diversity on their levels of trust and inclusive attitudes towards immigrants. Use is made of panel data of the Citizenship Education Longitudinal Study (CELS) to explore these relationships. Ethnic diversity is measured with the proportion of students in a grade identifying with a minority. In agreement with contact theory, the paper initially finds a positive relation between diversity and inclusive attitudes on immigrants. However, this link disappears once controls for social background, gender and prior levels of the outcome are included in the model. This indicates that students with particular pre-enrolment characteristics have self-selected in diverse schools and that inclusive attitudes have stabilized before secondary education. Diversity further appears to have a negative impact on trust, irrespective of the number of controls added to the model.

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Depositing User: Atira Pure
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2014 15:27
Last Modified: 29 Jan 2015 09:14
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